Women Leading Travel & Hospitality recently presented its third annual Top Women in Travel & Hospitality report. The 2023 honorees represent sectors from across the travel and hospitality industry, including hotel,airline, airport, rail, cruise, tourism, online travel agencies, car rental, shared economies, and more. While as an industry we have much work ahead of us […]


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Entrepreneur and Equity Champion Dr. Brandi Baldwin Named Board Chair as TDM Celebrates Two Years of Organizational Milestones ST. PAUL, MN, March 2, 2023 —Tourism Diversity Matters (TDM) today announced the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors has elected Millennial Ventures Holdings CEO Brandi M. Baldwin, PhD as board chair. The executive leadership transition […]

Black History Month and the History of Black Travel

By: Cambria Jones, Director of Marketing | SearchWide Global While today marks the end of Black History Month, the impact and history of Black people extend well beyond the constraints of a calendar, especially as it relates to travel. We must have a heightened awareness and curiosity about how our industry has and continues to […]

Tourism Diversity Matters celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tourism Diversity Matters is proud to join in celebrating, commemorating, and honoring the life, legacy, and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center, and community institution for over […]

HEED Award celebrates Temple University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

By Stephen Orbanek. Temple was the only school in Philadelphia and one of just seven colleges or universities in the state of Pennsylvania to earn the distinction. The only national award of its kind, recognition comes from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The University was recently named […]

The Unintended Consequences of Becoming an Accessible Destination

By Jake Steinman, Founder & CEO, TravelAbility Summit Jake Steinman, shared he has learned a great deal from the DMOs that have embraced accessibility to become more inclusive and welcoming to everyone. It inspired TravelAbility’s Summit tagline: “All Means All” and resulted in many unintended consequences that have surprised destination leaders.  The DMOs who are […]

6 DEI Questions to Include in Your Next RFP Process

Image by Olya Kobruseva Aaron Wolowiec, Founder & President of Event Garde, attended ConferenceDirect’s inagural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference (D22). One of the roundtables focused on incorporating diversity and social issues into site selection.  Aaron was particularly struck by TDM’s Executive Director Greg DeShields’s recommendation to include questions focused on better understanding the venue’s […]

Tourism Diversity Matters Celebrates National Apprentice Week

Tourism Diversity Matters Celebrates National Apprentice Week.  NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for rebuilding our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. Visit the link below to learn more.  Learn More

Tourism Diversity Matters Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Tourism Diversity Matters (TDM) is excited to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. An entire month to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the contributions and diverse culture of Native People. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush along with Congress, signed a joint resolution into law, “which designated November, as the first National American Indian Heritage Month”. […]